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New Sea Grant Consortium to Address Common Concerns in the Great Lakes Region with Research, Outreach

June 25, 2007

The seven Sea Grant Programs serving the Great Lakes region have formed the Great Lakes Research and Outreach Consortium (GLROC). Three years in the making, this consortium fosters communication, cooperation, coordination, and collaboration on research, education, and outreach projects that address regional problems and opportunities.

"The consortium is a new mechanism for leveraging resources," said Steve Bortone, director of Minnesota Sea Grant. "With GLROC in place, the Great Lakes Sea Grant programs are in a better position to compete for funding, and to capitalize on each other's unique research and outreach talents."

For instance, three Sea Grant programs (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan) serve Lake Superior. Coordinating some of the three programs' efforts more formally promises to generate a better understanding of Lake Superior and enhance the programs' abilities to respond to emerging issues and opportunities. Similarly, the issues that affect each lake often affect the region as a whole. The new consortium is designed so that the Great Lakes Sea Grant programs can collaborate more effectively and efficiently.

Issues such as water quality, invasive species and fisheries often cross state boundaries. The consortium provides the means for any one of the seven programs to coordinate and develop projects for the entire region as well as to accept funds and distribute them to the other programs.

The Sea Grant Programs in the Great Lakes region and the site of their administrative offices are:

  • Illinois/Indiana Sea Grant College Program, University of Illinois
  • Michigan Sea Grant College Program, University of Michigan
  • Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • New York Sea Grant College Program, Stony Brook University
  • Ohio Sea Grant College Program, The Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania Sea Grant Program, Pennsylvania State University
  • Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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